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Instant Pot Beef & Barley Soup

Beef & Barley Soup - NOT the box recipe - this is made from beef bones in under and hour in the Instant Pot.

Fall comes, the leaves turn and at that first temperature drop, I seem to crave comfort food. I actually have a list. Well, not a formal one, but one in my head, and Beef & Barley Soup ranks high on that list.

Beef & Barley Soup - in the Instant Pot
Beef & Barley Soup – in the Instant Pot

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Southwestern Protein Mix

Southwestern Protein Mix: So much better than the frozen stuff!

Awhile back, I posted a recipe for Cumin Dusted Pork Chops and mentioned this Southwestern Protein Mix. A wonderful medley of corn, bell peppers, black beans and barley, this flavorful dish would be a fantastic side for any number of meals.

Southwestern Protein Mix
Southwestern Protein Mix

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Dried Cranberry, Walnut & Avocado Salad

This dressing!! OMG!!

AARP. Who knew? I’ve been a proud member, according to my card, since 2015, but looking back I wish I would have signed up earlier.

Dried Cranberry, Walnut & Avocado Salad
Dried Cranberry, Walnut & Avocado Salad

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Beef Barley Soup

Beef Barley is a soup that hasn’t gotten it’s due, perhaps because the recipe most of us know is from the back of the Barley box. Good fare, not great. And while I love a good Beef Barley made with a home-made beef stock, it’s incredibly hard to find good bones here, terribly expensive, and frankly, a lot of work for a simple soup. My solution? A lovely Beef Barley Soup made with a “doctored” up broth.

Beef & Barley Soup
Beef & Barley Soup

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Sparrow Tavern’s Veggie Burger . $3.75 for 8

These Veggie Burgers are amazing!! A bit of work but totally worth it!

Diners, Drive Ins & Dives is on Netflix this season and this episode features the Sparrow Tavern in Astoria, New York – a run down rock & roll type bar with gourmet style. One of their star items was the Sparrow Veggie Burger and even the carnivores were going on about it. After I made them, I can see why – they’re flippin’ AWESOME! A bit of work, but the best Veggie Burger I’ve ever had!

Sparrow Tavern Veggie Burger
Sparrow Tavern Veggie Burger – early version, I fixed the “cracking” flaw.

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